The fact that we’re already almost halfway through December freaks me out more than I’d like to admit. Time just keeps flying by at a pace I’m constantly struggling to not only keep up with but also fathom, and I can’t help but wonder if that’s ever going to change.
I missed last week’s post because it took me a while to motivate myself to take pictures of my haul from The Crafter’s Expo 2017, which itself was last week, and by the time I did I was too tired to get myself to write about it. The whole winter laziness thing interlaced with my already innate procrastinating personality is a recipe for, well, not disaster per say, but more like a scenic tumbleweed moment that’s constantly on replay. Nothing gets done and frankly, I don’t even seem to care anymore. Here’s hoping I can handle at least some of the regrets that are sure to follow.
But I digress, so let me just get to the haul. I hope you’ll forgive the mediocrity of my pictures and that you’ll be able to understand whatever barfing of words is about to come your way because I’m stuffing my face with cup noodles as I type this.
So I don’t exactly remember the names of the individual stalls I got each item from, and I only remember the prices of some of them, but I did take a business card from every stall I bought at least something from and from stalls I didn’t get anything from that day but would like to check out and order from at some point. I’ll add a picture of the business cards at the end.
So the first items I purchased, all from the same stall, were a necklace that says ‘wanderlust’, two badges, one of which says ‘do what makes your soul happy’, and a really cute plastic coaster that says ‘sassy since birth’. The necklace was for Rs. 600 which might seem a little overpriced but I think it was worth it because I love the vintage look of it and I’d been passively looking for a necklace of this style for a while now. The badges were for Rs. 100 which was the same price as pretty much all the other stalls selling badges. The coaster was for Rs. 200 and looking back, I so regret not getting more from that stall because they had a lot of really nice designs but I tried to hold myself back thinking I’d end up buying lots of coasters from multiple stalls. That wasn’t the case, though, because not a many stalls had designs I liked and by the time I’d realized that, I was too tired to go through the crowd again to reach this particular one. Oh well.
I got this gorgeous miniature painting for Rs. 450 and adorable Japanese doll pencil for Rs. 150, both of which I absolutely love. The stall I got them from had a lot of other beautiful oil paintings of different sizes, and I really wish I could have bought them all because I fell in love with how stunning they are and couldn’t stop staring every time I passed by. I even took a picture of the display because I how much I loved them.
I got 3 more badges, the two on the left from the same stall and the one on the right from a stall called ‘Junkies.’ They were each for Rs. 300. Junkies was the lost stall I stopped at in the entire expo during my last look around and I was so upset about that because out of all the badges I’d seen, they the best designs and variety, at least in my opinion, but I was in a hurry because my neighbor was waiting for me so I couldn’t browse their items for very long. Sigh.
I got this really pretty and light but good quality scarf from a stall that was selling scarves, hijab caps, and safety pins. I don’t usually like scarf shopping myself for reasons that are weird to explain, but this was so pretty and I realized that I didn’t have any nice black scarves so even though it was a little overpriced at Rs 950, I decided to get it anyway. I actually tried it on the next day then and it was quite comfy and easy to manage, and everyone loved how it looked. So, all in all, it was worth it.
I fell in love with this handmade hardback journal as soon as I saw it, but after hearing it was for Rs 700 (overpriced for its size), I had to keep it back. But the stall itself was so captivating with gorgeously painted hanging lamps and beautiful notebooks of all sizes, and my mind was set on this particular one every time I saw it from afar, and it was the only one of its kind there because the owner was experimenting with this style and wanted to see the reception towards it, so the third or fourth time I passed by the stall (I kept passing by on purpose just because I was so drawn in by the aesthetic of it), I figured ‘what the heck’ and bought it just because I knew I’d regret it more if I didn’t. I’m so glad I made that decision because I adore this notebook and having it feeds my hoarder tendencies in a way that is nothing short of wholesome.
Also, the size is 15×10 inches, in case if you were wondering.
These two items are probably my favourite from my entire haul. I’d been wanting to buy some arts-y coasters for a while now and I loved pretty much all the ones at this stall, but these bicycle print ones caught my eye the most. I only wanted one or two, though, and they had designs that were available as single coasters, but these ones came in a set of 4 for Rs. 650 (that’s Rs. 160 per coaster, making these the cheapest priced coasters I saw in the entire expo), so I hesitated a little but they were so worth it. everywhere else I saw plastic coasters but these were a baked clay type of material which made them even more aesthetical and earthy, which I love. Now that I have them, though, I don’t think I’ll be able to bring myself to use them so I’ll probably just make use of them as décor because they look stunning, in my opinion.
And these pegs! I’m so in love with them (I’’m in love with everything I bought lol) and the detail of the artwork on them is amazing. They each have magnets on the back and they came with hooks and string as well, so they’re also quite versatile. I’m not sure exactly how I want to use them yet, but I’d been looking for aesthetical pegs for a while and these gorgeous ones were only Rs. 150 (from the same stall as the coasters) which was really a steal. I just regret not buying one or two more sets, because I don’t know if I’ll ever find ones like these again. They’re so unique and beautifully painted, I’m still in complete awe.
So yeah, that was my haul. I think my total damage was 4k which was more than I thought I’d end up spending but this was the first time I went to the expo so I think a little splurging was warranted. While shopping I thought I was getting too much because I had a lot to carry, but after I first saw my haul when I got home I thought I’d actually gotten more and regretted not getting a pair of cushions I’d been eyeing there as well. After I saw the damage I’d done to my already weeping wallet, though, I realized it was a good thing I didn’t get them since I can always order them online instead. And well, yeah.
I’m adding a picture of all the business cards I got from the different stalls I either bought from or plan on looking up, so do check them out because they’re all great and they all sell online as well!